Starring Robert DeNiro and Paul Dano, this 2012 film that was said to be an “emotional drama” was just that. From the director who brought you About A Boy, In Good Company and American Pie, Being Flynn tells the story of a father, son and mother who are at this point in time disconnected. Without giving any spoilers, the father and son who have not seen one another in eighteen years, are reunited. Afterwards, they run into each other in a shelter for the homeless. Throughout the movie we find out what happened to Paul Dano’s mother, played by Julianne Moore. This father and son duo are writers and by hearing their story play out, it makes you want to pick up a pen and paper and begin writing for yourself.
I love Netflix for their movie gems. You know, the amazing movies that are hidden and surrounded by the other mediocre films. I have loved Paul Dano ever since The Girl Next Door and most of all, Little Miss Sunshine. I find he is not given enough credit for the work he has done and there will never be a Paul Dano movie that I will not watch at least once. Robert DeNiro of course, is a classic. The chemistry between the two leading actors was perfect.
I was also pleasantly surprised by how many other aspects of the film kept my interest. It opens your eyes to the lives of the homeless and it makes you want to DO something to help.
Many people think that those who are homeless are there because they deserve to be; that they didn’t work hard enough and are on the street because of their lack of effort. This is not the case and I don’t believe you should judge a book by it’s cover. I learned quite a bit about the homeless in school and it is not always because of their actions that they are in the situation they are in.
Nonetheless, this movie really makes you think and that is why I recommend it to everyone.
For information about how you can help the homeless in your community, I urge to you find information online.
For those of you who live in Montreal like I do, please go here to see how you can help by donating or volunteering.
If you are unable to help, the least you can do is when you see someone asking for change, food, or money, just at least SMILE at them. Make them feel like they are not in fact invisible- it really is the least you can do.
If you want to see a bit more about this film, here is the trailer: